The Double Cluster, NGC 869 & 884

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Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  RGB 12x300:12x130:12x220 seconds
    • All exposures binned 1x1
  • RGB Combine Ratios:  1.0:1.0:1.0
  • Telescope:  Stellarvue SV80S @ f/4.75
  • Mount:  Meade LX200 w/ super wedge
  • Camera:  SBIG ST-2000XM CCD, SBIG CFW-8
  • Location:  My backyard in Goleta, CA
  • Date/Time:  September 4 2004, 01:42-04:09 PDT
  • Processing:  Taken  in CCDSoft v5 using custom sequence/dithering software.  Combined sub-exposures with Ray Gralak's Sigma Clip.  Color combined with custom software. Curves/levels/saturation adjusted in Photoshop CS.
  • Name: The Double Cluster, NGC869, NGC884
  • Type:  Open Cluster
  • Constellation:  Perseus
  • Distance:  ~7000 light years

  • Two physical groupings of stars that also are in relatively close proximity to each other.   This is a beautiful sight in binoculars or a wide field telescope.  More about The Double Cluster.
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